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Mark

I mostly enjoy audio books while in the car. They are a great way to pass the time spent behind the wheel. 99 percent of my titles are SF.

Georgetown, ON, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 462 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • Hex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

    A User says: "An awe inspiring saga."
    "Not Up to Previous Novels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the previous novels in the Coyote series, but I found this one to be a disappointment. I found the old narrator detracted from the story telling, so I was pleased that a new person was doing the reading. But that is were the praise ends. The story was a great idea, but poorly told. The characters were all idiots and they kept on doing the stupidest things. I could tell what was going to happen next because of this. The events in the story were mostly just cobbled together, wasting the terrific venue that Steele created. Only buy this book to complete your series, do not start here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3492)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1696)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Good Solid SF"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is good stuff. Great premise, sound reading, terrific cast of characters, solid story, satisfying ending and a promise of more. Gritty hard hitting action in a future that is enough fiction to be fun and scary at the same time. I enjoyed this listen and I am looking forward to the next two books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12726)
    Performance
    (11841)
    Story
    (11848)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Why Did I Like This Book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    But I did! The premise is a bit lame and the story is not world shattering, but I found myself totally enveloped in it. I would think about the plot whilst going to sleep and I got involved in a way that transcends what should have been an ordinary story. I kept finding excuses to listen on. Wil's narration was not quite up to "Agent to the Stars", but once again, he does a very good job. I will continue to pick books that he has chosen to read aloud. I am not a gamer, but I did enjoy this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Vectors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Starships come in many shapes and sizes. Their crews and passengers are an eclectic lot. They venture into the deep voids of space on their assigned missions. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they do not. This collection tells the stories of the crews and passengers aboard six of these starships.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "two 4 stars, one 3 star and three one star"
    "Starship Vectors"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed most of the shorts in this book. I really liked Kress' "Shiva in Shadow", followed closely by "The Political Officer" and "Mayflower II". The only reason I do not give this a five is for "The Tomb Wife". I enjoy short stories as a break from full novels, the format gives both author and reader a chance to explore new areas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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